The Beginner’s Guide to Improved Gas Mileage

Improved Gas Mileage

No matter what you drive, whether it’s a compact, a hybrid, a truck, or an SUV, you are probably concerned about gas mileage for one reason or another. Those who feel strongly about the issue are probably concerned with the environment and conserving our natural resources. Others might have qualms about air quality. And at a very basic level, we all want to save money at the pump, right?

We can all agree fuel economy is an issue on most drivers’ minds. Unfortunately, a majority of people don’t do anything to improve their gas mileage because they have the false idea that the only solution is to buy a hybrid or electric car. Sure, you can vastly improve your MPGs this way, but there are tons of other simple steps you can take to improve your gas mileage.

Check Tire Pressure

Next time you go to the gas station, stop and check your tire pressure. Compare it with your owner’s manual and replenish with air if need be. It’s that simple!

Having your tire pressure at the recommended level is proven to increase your gas mileage. Plus, it will help your tires last longer and improve handling.

Reduce Weight

You know that box of old dishes you have in your trunk or that baseball bat and glove in the back seat? It may not seem like much, but every extra pound your car has will contribute to low gas mileage.

Simply cleaning out your car and only keeping the necessities will bump up your car’s efficiency. Say bye-bye to that old coffee maker already!

Drive Slower

This tip might not be a popular one but it can’t be ignored that driving at slower speeds, accelerating slowly, and braking gently all help with efficiency. If slamming on the breaks and cruising from zero to sixty are a part of your daily driving finesse, consider changing the way you drive.

Get Gas in the Morning

Here’s a tip that won’t require you to clean your car or change your driving style. Since gas is denser at lower temperatures, you are likely to get more gas for the same amount of money if you pump when it’s cooler. So stop getting gas on your way home from work –save it for Saturday morning!

Use Cruise Control

Think cruise control is only for long road trips? Think again. Cruise control is a great way to maintain fuel efficiency because it works to regulate your speed. Constantly speeding up and slowing down decreases gas mileage; cruise control prevents this by keeping the car at the same speed. Of course, cruise control is only practical on the highway but try to use it whenever possible.

How Efficient Are Toyota Hybrids? We’re Not Just Talking about the Prius Anymore


2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Find Out How Efficient the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Really Is

We all know that the Toyota Prius reigns supreme as the flagship Hybrid vehicle; you can’t get much better than 51 mpg city. But what about the other hybrid vehicles that Toyota sells? After all, the Prius isn’t the only hybrid in the Toyota lineup.

From the Camry to the Avalon to the Highlander, Toyota offers a nice assortment of hybrid options for varying car buying needs. If the Prius is too small or maybe you want a more luxurious interior, there is certainly another Toyota hybrid out there for you.

So just how efficient are the other Toyota Hybrids? Let’s do some comparisons and see what each hybrid model has to offer:

Hybrid Engine Hybrid MPG Gas MPG
2014 Avalon Hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 40/39 21/31
2014 Camry Hybrid 2.5-liter 4-cylinder 43/39 25/35
2014 Highlander Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 27/28 19/25

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The best part about opting for a Toyota hybrid is that you get all of the features and specs of the cars you love, just with way better gas mileage. We still love our king of hybrids, the Prius, but it’s nice to know there are other options out there for the eco-conscious shopper in all of us.

Dick Dyer Toyota has the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Highlander Hybrid in stock. Check out our website for more information or visit our showroom.